ST. PETERSBURG— The battle between the city and the former operator of the Albert Whitted Airport is now in court.
City lawyers recently filed a lawsuit against locally-based Bay Air Flying Service for $122,026 in unpaid rent, fuel flowage fees, stormwater charges and late fees and interest, records show.
The city ended its 30-year relationship with Bay Air and its owner, Ron Methot, in November.
Methot could not be reached to comment.
The lawsuit contends Methot didn't pay rent on a hangar between November 2007 and December 2010. The stormwater charges were accrued between September 2009 and June 2011.
The other charges were incurred this year.
The city sought a new operator after Methot racked up late fees, fines and interest on its monthly lease. Methot blamed the bad economy and the city's bad billing practices for much of the debt.
Sheltair Aviation Services of Fort Lauderdale now manages the city-owned airport.